There’s reading about history. Then there’s experiencing history firsthand. And nowhere else provides opportunities to do the latter like Massachusetts.

Here you can stand on the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill; take in the hysteria of the witch trials at the Salem Witch Museum; stroll down the gas-lit cobblestone streets of New Bedford’s historic whaling district and visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum; celebrate democracy at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum; and see firsthand where all of the famous, and infamous, events that helped shape an entire nation took place.

For more information visit The New England Museum Association. A list of more than 400 museums and heritage sites from the New England region and their current exhibits.

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Salem Witch Museum, Salem

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

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  • Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property +
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    Lyman Estate Mansion and Greenhouses, A Historic New England Property

    Waltham

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum +
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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

  • American Textile History Museum +
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    American Textile History Museum

    Lowell

  • The Fall River Historical Society +
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    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
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    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art +
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    A Christmas Museum (at Vaillancourt Folk Art

    Sutton

  • Nichols House Museum +
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    Nichols House Museum

    Boston

  • Jenney House Museum - Historic Tours of Plymouth +
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    Jenney House Museum - Historic Tours of Plymouth

    Plymouth

  • Phillips House Museum +
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    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
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    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

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    Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

    New Bedford, Ma

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    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
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    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Codman Estate +
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    Codman Estate

    Lincoln

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    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • The Plumbing Museum +
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    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

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    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
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    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

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    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

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    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

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